Catherine Johnson has written several books for children and young adults, including A Nest of Vipers (Corgi, 2008), the story of Cato Hopkins, the youngest member of a group of expert fraudsters. Her next book, Sawbones, was published in October 2013 and won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction. The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, published by Penguin Random House in 2015 was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 and the YA Book Prize. Her most recent novel Blade and Bone was published in 2016.
Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. In 2005 she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film Bullet Boy, followed by a number of commissions for Century Films, Working Title and Channel 4. Her TV work includes Rough Crossings for Simon Schama and Holby City.
Catherine was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Children's Literature Festival 'Imagine'. She was awarded an Arts Council of England Writer's Grant in 2004 and a Writer's Bursary in 1996. Catherine was selected for the BBC Writer's Academy in 2012.
Drama about the introduction of hair relaxant to black women in London
Drama exploring sexual exploitation of teenage girls broadcast as part of The Wire
Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
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Commission co-written with Avril Russell
Medical drama set in an A&E department
Long-running hospital drama
Drama exploring sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Britain
Catherine Johnson shortlisted for The Bookseller's 2016 YA Book Prize
Eve Ainsworth, Sam Hepburn, Toby Ibbotson and Catherine Johnson all nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal
A Nest of Vipers one of the top 50 culturally diverse children's books
Curtis Brown launches a digital self-publishing programme
Brave New Girl shortlisted for the Southwark Book Award